The JWHA Best Book Awards Committee is pleased to announce the following nominees in these four categories. It continues to be a wonderful year of top scholarship in the world of Restoration Studies.

Books published in the calendar year prior to the award will be considered. Judges will select the best books (privileging works that are most relevant to Community of Christ history and values, regardless of the time period they encompass).

Best Book

Esplin, Scott C. Return to the City of Joseph. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2018. Smith, William V. Textual Studies of the Doctrine and Covenants—The Plural Marriage Revelation (Contemporary Studies in Scripture Draper): Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2018.
Stapley, Jonathan. The Power of Godliness: Mormon Liturgy and Cosmology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. Stutzman, Brian. The History of Warsaw, Illinois including the Mormon Period. Ann Arbor: Bowker, 2018.

Best Biography

Black, Susan Easton and Larry Porter. Martin Harris: Uncompromising Witness of the Book of Mormon. Provo: Brigham Young University Studies, 2018. Stone, Daniel P. William Bickerton: Forgotten Latter Day Prophet. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2018.
Van Orden, Bruce. We’ll Sing and We’ll Shout: The Life and Times of W. W. Phelps. Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, and Desert Book, 2018.  

Best Documentary

Anderson, Devery S. Salt Lake School of the Prophets, 1867-1883. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2018. Arrington, Leonard J. Confessions of a Mormon Historian: The Diaries of Leonard J. Arrington,1971-1999, edited by Gary J. Bergera. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2018.
Jensen, Robin Scott and Brian Hauglid. Joseph Smith Papers: Revelations and Translations, vol. 4: Book of Abraham and Related Manuscript. Salt Lake City: The Church Historian’s Press and Deseret Books, 2018.

Best Anthology

Mark Ashurst-McGee, Robin Scott Jensen, Sharalyn D. Howcroft, ed. Foundational Texts of Mormonism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.